thank you a lot for this amazing article and for posting it here. I've just registered but this site looks amazing to me. We have found out not so long ago that our child is suffering from social anxiety and we are trying hard to cope with it. we have been said that we might try social anxiety medications but we refuse. we are trying to have home schooling with him because it is very hard for him to go to a normal school. I am hope so much that he is going to be fine because as Shawn said, kids are kids and I really hope that he is going to move on onto the next thing and would build up some more self aware and self esteem. the medications that I have been said to give him I'm afraid that would interfere with his brain and this would lead to even bigger problems. he is only 10 years old and I hope very much that soon he's going to be fine. I think that large public elementary school plays a big role in all of it.
So far Kindergarten has been pretty good but we have had issues with recess and getting pushed over. His teacher talked to the class and I think it has helped but I do wonder what is "best". I'd love a smaller school and more adults out there for recess but I know that won't happen. The school wouldn't do a 504 plan but we got a health plan. They followed it at first but I think with so many kids the teachers and staff forget. I'm thinking of options for first grade but he loves to play and is a chatty kid.
Thank you for your post. Your narrative was spot on for what my child experiences....anxiety, frustration, and fatigue at PE, recess, and writing.
We found a virtual school offered as a charter school in our state. We are enrolling for next year. It's essentially home schooling with the curriculum already set up. Teachers go to work and webcast their lesson live (or you can watch it at your convenience). They communicate with the child and his/her family via email. Standardized testing occurs at a time and location that is pre scheduled. The program can be joined privately as well - it's called Connections Academy. They have field trips, lunch and learns and encourage social connection through clubs. The best part - no recess and no group P.E. My son can still complete P.E. at his own pace - yoga is even an option in lieu of jump rope/running. We are eager to start and are committing to 4th and 5th grades. After that, we will reassess.
I found out years later one of Johnnys teacher kept putting him in the time out chair. If I saw her now I would punch her face in. This was before his diagnose.